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As an updated outlook projects solid growth through next year, the office furniture industry’s long-term prospects are pegged not to economics but a continuation of changing office dynamics, executives say.

It’s likely that New Domestic OEMs will spur the majority of the North American automotive production growth going forward into the next five years.

The strength of the U.S. dollar in the global currency market has proven to be a double-edged sword for many West Michigan manufacturers that do business internationally.

A startup bicycle company aims to capitalize on the growing pool of commuter bicyclists with a new frame design that emphasizes comfort and efficiency.

Information technology professionals might disagree, but for many supplier personnel, dealing with the software involved in running a manufacturing firm is a necessary evil to be avoided as much as possible.

As Muskegon-area manufacturers continue to get a bounce from the region’s economic recovery, many of them worry that their ability to continue growing will face constraints related to the availability of qualified talent.

Sales for the office furniture industry picked up toward the end of 2014, according to the latest industry figures.

A trio of Grand Rapids-based startups have demonstrated that project-based crowdfunding can be a useful fundraising tool to help small companies launch new consumer products.

Editor's Notebook: Corporate Inclusion

Written by | Sunday, 15 February 2015 22:00 |

When the state launched the Michigan Design Council last month, its aim was to unite the various industrial design industries around the state to promote Michigan’s prowess in the high-value sector that’s closely linked with advanced manufacturing.

Despite a well-publicized shift of automotive OEMs and suppliers increasing production in the southern portion of the United States, Michigan remains at the top of the automotive food chain.

A combination of an unexpected decline in business in China and foreign currency exchange headwinds related to the strength of the U.S. dollar hampered sales performance and job creation last year for Ada-based direct seller Amway Corp.

As a first step in building a safer, healthier work environment, the 10 essential elements outlined here will provide a basis on which to develop a comprehensive Injury and Illness Prevention Program. These programs not only save lives, but also increase morale, productivity and save business costs.

The focus on low-volume performance and luxury cars at the Detroit auto show could still signal opportunities for auto suppliers in West Michigan as more high-end technology filters down to mainstream models.

The contract medical device manufacturing industry in West Michigan would do well to pay attention to what’s happened in the automotive supply chain over the last two decades.

Automakers use national and regional auto shows to generate excitement and make statements about their products and brands.

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